There are certain phases of your life when it makes sense to hire a cleaning service even when money is tight, and one of them is when you have a new baby. After the baby is born, you'll probably be frazzled and exhausted. You won't feel like cleaning, but that's when you'll have a lot of company coming to visit the baby. A cleaning service will keep your home in shape and take some of the pressure off you. Here are a few tips that may help.
Start Before The Delivery
In your final weeks of pregnancy, you won't feel like cleaning, and you probably won't want to expose yourself to toxic chemicals then either. The solution is to hire a cleaning service while you are still pregnant. Establish a routine of regular visits so you and the service will know what to expect once the baby is born. That way, you won't have to adjust to a new baby and a new cleaning service at the same time. Also, schedule a deep cleaning a week or two before the baby is born so you can bring the baby home to a fresh, sanitary home.
Discuss Cleaning Product Options
Once the baby is home, you'll probably be very concerned about the kind of cleaning and laundry products the cleaning service uses. Talk with the company about using green products, or see if you can supply your own. Then you won't have to worry about them using bleach, air fresheners, or other products with strong fumes that may affect your baby.
Decide On The Cleaning Duties You Want
Most cleaning services are quite flexible, and this allows you to get as much help as you want. You may want to suspend service for the first week or so as this will allow you time to rest and bond with your baby before dealing with other people and the outside world. Eventually, guests will start visiting, and then you can bring back the service to stay on top of cleaning and disinfecting your home. When you have a new baby, wiping down surfaces to keep your home as germ-free as possible is important. Besides general cleaning and disinfecting, decide if you want the cleaning service to do laundry. You may be able to keep up with washing and drying, but you might want the service to fold, iron, organize, and store the laundry you've done. Also decide if you want the service to clean your baby's room, baby furniture, and toys. You may want to do that yourself for a few weeks to keep outside germs to a minimum. At the very least, you'll probably want the cleaners to work on the floors, bathrooms, kitchen, and surfaces that need dusting.
Hiring a cleaning service makes your life much easier when you have a new baby at home. Cleaning is one less thing you have to worry about and you can rest easy knowing your home is always ready for surprise guests. Best of all, you can spend your free time with your baby instead of dusting, vacuuming, and cleaning toilets.